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Hometown Heroes Parade and Festival: Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins on honoring Miami-Dade's essential workers

Gain insights into the motivation behind Danielle Cohen Higgins the Hometown Heroes Parade and the collaborative efforts fostering community appreciation for Miami-Dade's frontline heroes

In this exclusive interview with CalleOcho News, Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins shared the origins and vision behind the Hometown Heroes Parade and Festival, shedding light on the profound impact it aims to create within the Miami-Dade community.

Hometown Heroes Parade acknowledging sacrifices and valor

When we asked her about the inspiration behind this festival, she described the pandemic as the main catalyst behind Hometown Heroes Parade and Festival. Commissioner Cohen Higgins emphasized that the Hometown Heroes Parade was born from the profound recognition of the sacrifices made by essential workers during the pandemic. She mentioned that while  the majority of people had the ability to stay home it was our first responders who continued to be on the frontlines.,The event aims to honor those who couldn't stay behind closed doors, serving as a poignant reminder of their unwavering dedication and commitment to public safety.

Here, she stressed the significance of acknowledging the struggles faced by law enforcement, firefighters, nurses, and other frontline workers, especially during challenging times. The event serves as a platform to express gratitude and instill a deep sense of appreciation for their continuous efforts to keep the community safe.

Two men and a woman standing in front of a fire truck

Fostering community appreciation for local heroes

In addition to that, Commissioner Cohen Higgins highlighted the event's role in reshaping the narrative around essential workers, particularly among the younger generation. By celebrating their contributions at the parade, the event aims to inspire the community to hold these heroes in high regard throughout the year.

The Commissioner emphasized the importance of encouraging young people to recognize the true heroes in their community beyond the glamour of entertainers and athletes. By offering a firsthand experience of the daily responsibilities of these essential workers, the event seeks to foster a culture of gratitude and respect for their selfless service.

According to her, bringing children and families to this event will allow the little ones firsthand experience of what it’s like to be a first responder. Let’s not forget that this event will also have an actual transformer. A life-sized police car that will transform into a robot – a perfect evening for children and adults alike.

This event is organized with the support of Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Chairman Oliver Gilbert, and Vice Chairman Anthony Rodriguez, who have played instrumental roles in reestablishing the Miami-Dade Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit.

Event Details and Community Engagement:

The Hometown Heroes Parade and Festival, scheduled to take place at Tropical Park on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., free and open to the public, promises a day of family-friendly activities, including interactive displays “Heroes Worlds”,  and various performances throughout the day. The parade will kick off at 6 p.m. showcasing the dedication of Miami-Dade's essential workers, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

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